Avery series brings backlash and raises questions

A Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer". Photo courtesy of Netflix, Inc.
A Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer". Photo courtesy of Netflix, Inc.

The Netflix documentary featuring the murder case against Steven Avery is creating a lot of buzz and raising some questions.

Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, both from Manitowoc County were convicted of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.

The man who prosecuted the case against Avery and Dassey sat down for an exclusive interview with Action 2 News. Ken Kratz says he’s disappointed in the series saying it’s one-sided and not a documentary at all.

“Making a Murderer” has not only ignited a call for justice, but it’s led to some backlash as well.

According to Ken Kratz, the former Calumet County District Attorney who prosecuted the case, “I’ve been vilified, certainly insulted and threatened and things like that.”

Facebook pages and GoFundMe sites have popped up as some who’ve watched the 10-part series believe Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey have been wronged.

Ken Kratz, special prosecutor on the case, thinks that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

While Kratz refuses to re-try the case in the court of public opinion, he stands by the physical and circumstantial evidence presented at trial that secured the conviction of both Avery and Dassey. Evidence like the bullet found in Avery’s garage with Halbach’s DNA on it. It was proven to have been fired from a gun Avery owned. Or, the testimony from an AutoTrader official who said Steven Avery requested the magazine send Halbach to photograph the van.

Most of that evidence, according to Kratz, was left out of the Netflix series as he says prosecutors were only asked to participate in the project if they met the demands of the filmmakers.

Kratz said, “I don’t think it’s my job to try to convince them all over again. My job was to convince 12 people twice, from the state of Wisconsin, two different juries. Two murderers, in my opinion, were taken off the street.”

Kratz says the series can’t have any effect on the outcome of either the Avery or Dassey cases, but he’s concerned with what its release means for the family of Teresa Halbach. “If this serves to undermine that or to cause the family any additional discomfort, I think that’s probably the real tragedy here.”

In a statement released to Action 2 News prior to the release of the series, the Halbach Family said, “Having just passed the 10-year anniversary of the death of our daughter and sister, Teresa, we are saddened to learn that individuals and corporations continue to create entertainment and to seek profit from our loss. We continue to hope that the story of Teresa’s life brings goodness to the world.”